Asia

Pakistani rescue teams try to reach tens of thousands of people cut off by floods which are now estimated to have affected three million people. Photo: BBC

Pakistan floods: Rescuers aim to reach stranded victims

by BBC News August 3, 2010

While water is receding in some areas, many communities remain cut off by the region's worst flooding for 80 years.The UN said 3m people had been affected and more than 1,400 had been killed. The government said some 27,000 people remained trapped and awaiting help....

Men queue for food assistance in the wake of Cyclone Sidr. Along with India, Bangladesh has the highest proportion in the world of newborns with low birth weight. Micronutrient malnutrition is also at alarming levels in Bangladesh, affecting nearly 30 million women and 12 million children under five years old. Photo: David Swanson/IRIN

Bangladesh: Unemployment, food prices, high population growth spur growing hunger

by IRIN July 22, 2010

Rising unemployment and food prices and a sluggish economy are taking their toll on Bangladesh, where a growing number of people are struggling to survive. ...

A security guard standing at the entrance of a Mercedes Benz dealer in Islamabad. Photo: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

Controlling the government, Pakistan’s elite pay few taxes, widening the vast gap between rich and poor, hindering development, and creating conditi...

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times July 18, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Much of Pakistan’s capital city looks like a rich Los Angeles suburb. Shiny sport utility vehicles purr down gated driveways. Elegant multistory homes are tended by servants. Laundry is never hung out to dry....

Many North Koreans lack food and basic medical care, a report by Amnesty International said this week Photo:Gerald Bourke/AP

North Korea’s giant leap backwards: Last year’s disastrous currency reform wiped out savings and caused healthcare to collapse–now m...

by Barbara Demick The Guardian July 17, 2010

For North Koreans, the definition of success is when you can eat an occasional egg, preferably with a bowl of rice, instead of the unappetising concoction of corn and weeds on which most of the population survives. Until recently, a sizeable segment of the North Korean population could afford the ba...

An aerial shot of a palm oil plantation on Sumatra Island. Photo: Jefri Aries/IRIN

Indonesia: Demand for palm oil fuels land-grabbing

by IRIN July 6, 2010

"Each year, more people are fighting palm oil companies to hold on to their land," said Gefri Saragih, campaign department head of Sawit Watch, a local NGO monitoring palm oil cultivation....

Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawatdiphol, who had allied himself with protesters, was shot in the head on Thursday in Bangkok. Photo: Steve Pace/Reuters More Photos

Thai general linked to protests is shot

by Thomas Fuller and Seth Mydans New York Times May 13, 2010

BANGKOK — A renegade major general who allied himself with the protesters who have paralyzed Bangkok for weeks was shot in the head and critically wounded here on Thursday as the military began sealing off a barricaded encampment of antigovernment protesters....

An estimated six million Indonesian woman – some 90 percent of all Indonesian migrant laborers – are now working overseas. Most go to the Middle East,  with the rest are in Asia Pacific. Many Indonesian villages are left with a shortage of women with many men assuming the role of a single parent for years at a time. Photo: David Swanson/IRIN

Families struggle as 6 million Indonesian women work abroad

by IRIN News May 7, 2010

The number of women leaving the archipelago, legally or illegally, has been steadily climbing over the past decade, according to the National Authority for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers. ...

lyas Masih with one of his seven daughters. Feeding so many is not easy. “I struggle even to buy a single kilo of `atta’ [wheat flour], which costs Rs 30 [36 US cents], and even that produces just about half a `roti’ [flat bread] for each of us,” he said. For Ilyas’s family, securing each meal – eaten on the floor around a kerosene oil stove on which his wife, Nasim, cooks – is an ordeal. “Especially at night, it is painful to hear the children beg for more food. Sometimes they snatch food from each other,” Ilyas said. Photo: Kamila Hyat/IRIN

Pakistan: A family of 9, living on $1.20 a day

by IRIN News May 7, 2010

In their two-room tin-roof house in one of the many shanty towns that dot Lahore, in eastern Pakistan, Ilyas and Nasim Masih and their seven daughters, aged three to 15, eke out an existence dependent on Ilyas’s meagre income as a day labourer. ...

Once a popular Muslim street in Jaffna, Moor Street sits in disrepair today. Sri Lankan Muslims displaced by the Tamil rebels during the country’s decades-long civil war are slowly returning home, but the challenge of reconciling with their Tamil neighbors and the past, remains.  Photo: Contributor/IRIN

Sri Lanka: Muslims and Tamils deal with the past

by IRIN News April 29, 2010

Sri Lankan Muslims displaced during the country’s decades-long civil war are slowly returning home, but the challenge of reconciling with their Tamil neighbours, and their past, remains....

Pakistan government failed to do enough to protect former president Benazir Bhutto and failed to properly investigate her murder, UN commission fin...

by Al Jazeera April 16, 2010

"These officials, in part fearing intelligence agencies' involvement, were unsure of how vigorously they ought to pursue actions, which they knew, as professionals, they should have taken," it added....

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